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As The New School adapts and responds to the COVID-19 situation, Donghia Healthier Materials Library will be providing resources remotely. Many of these resources can be found on the Tools & Guides page above, or feel free to email DhML Director, Jack Dinning, for additional requests.
Jack DinningDirector, Donghia healthier Materials Library
The Donghia healthier Materials Library at Parsons School of Design is a resource center dedicated to helping designers make responsible materials decisions. With curated product collections and frameworks for evaluating materials, we offer guiding strategies and hands-on examples of products making positive impacts on human health, environmental justice, and social equity.
To learn more about the Library and how we curate our healthier materials collections, please watch this short video.
What makes a ‘healthier’ material?
While there is no universal standard for what makes a ‘healthier’ material, we look to be holistic in considering the impacts materials can have through their extraction, processing, use, and disposal, and all those who may be affected along the way. In order to make these many considerations more approachable to designers, the Donghia healthier Materials Library has been working with BrightWorks Sustainability to develop the evaluation lens seen below, which organizes more than a hundred factors for assessing materials into six primary categories of impacts. This tool is gives designers a framework for comparing different product options and thinking more expansively about the impacts of their choices, empowering them to take greater responsibility in their materials decisions.
Visit the Donghia Healthier Materials Library!
From flooring to paint to insulation, Donghia Materials Library offers a wide variety of innovative material samples. Some highlights include: